Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Most people need a car where the coil springs don't puncture or shred tires while driving. The Taurus fails in that respect.

The 1999-2003 Ford Taurus has a huge problem with coil springs breaking, which can puncture or even shred tires while driving.

The US government spent THREE YEARS (2008-2011) investigating the 2002-2003 Taurus coil springs. Although Taurus/Sable from earlier years were recalled, ultimately the NHTSA did not force a recall. They determined that because there had been no deaths & very few bad crashes & injuries, the broken coil springs defect was no big deal & not a safety defect. Tell that to all the owners who had close calls...


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
93,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Ford Taurus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 072009

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles


(I have been going to my school's shop for the first few times for this.)First I went in to get the heater looked at because it was not blowing out hot air, just cool air. So when I took it in, they changed the thermostat and it worked at first but then it went back to cool air after 20 min of driving it. Then I brought it back in and they then flushed the heater core. When I took the car back after that I noticed a leaking but didnt think too much of it. So when I was driving it home, my car started to overheat, when I pulled into my garage the hood of the car started smoking like CRAZY and I noticed there was a HUGE leak of coolant everywhere. Then, I brought it back in, and they said that I have to bring it into a mechanic to get the Inlet tube and outlet tube replaced because the tubes were really rusted. So now I have to take it in, and hopefully they can fix it not for a SUPER large expense.

- , Elkhorn, WI, USA

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